Taking time to debunk Taylor

I could make a full-time hobby out of questioning and debunking the opinions of Jim Taylor and N. Rodriguez. Since I have other interests, I try to limit my responses to their most irresponsible statements.

In Mr. Taylor’s “Our Cold War …”(7/5) piece he lists seven points. While all seven have factual errors or political bias written as fact, I choose to only address the most grievous misrepresentations. Mr. Taylor’s words will be quoted and the numeration of points is his.

1. “We fear loss of our Constitution to a majority

…” Does Mr. Taylor not understand that the amendment process is written into the Constitution and the ratification process is completed by majority vote? Or does Mr. Taylor believe that a significant portion of our population should still not have the right to vote?

4. “We fear our moral decline as a nation.” While I don’t disagree with this point, I do disagree with Mr. Taylor’s support for it. To blame “successive younger generation (sic)” for a moral decline when we have a President and Attorney General who separate children from parents with less paperwork to enable reunification than I get when I go to the dry cleaners is unconscionable.

6. “We fear the loss of our culture: We don’t control our borders.” Controlling the border and culture are two vastly different topics, and Mr. Taylor should not conflate them. But for now I will address “loss of our culture.” I maintain assimilation and diversity are the American culture.

Assimilation in many parts of the world means newcomers adopt the culture of the host country and leave behind the culture of their former country.

Assimilation in the United States means the newcomer is to accept the Constitution as the bedrock of the society but is free to bring cultural elements that are not in opposition to the bedrock principles.

While there are many writings on American diversity and its independent spirit, I suggest those interested start with de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” and Frederick Jackson Turner’s “The Turner Thesis.”

Michael Nicholson, La Feria